August 13, 1788 – Hamilton Reiterates Washington’s Importance to the American Cause

On this day in history, Alexander Hamilton wrote to George Washington on a variety of matters, but appended a reminder about how essential Washington was to the success of the American experiment, observing:

You will permit me to say that it is indispensable you should lend yourself to its first operations—It is to little purpose to have introduced a system, if the weightiest influence is not given to its firm establishment, in the outset.” (emphasis in original)

You can read the entire letter here.

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


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